Daughters of Ali, Frazier set to fight at Turning Stone

Mar 13, 2001 4:58 AM

Jacqui Frazier and Laila Ali will box one another June 8 at the Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Casino Resort in Verona, N.Y.

The event, a match between the daughters of boxing greats Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali, will coincide with the International Boxing Hall of Fame’s Induction weekend.

Tickets are $50 to $300 (ringside) and can be purchased by calling Ticketmaster at 315-472-0700.

Neither Frazier nor Ali is ranked with the International Female Boxing Association, though both have defeated ranked opponents.

Frazier, 39, is a practicing attorney and mother of three. Ali, 23, owned a nail salon before taking up professional boxing.

City Workers: Shun Indian stores

Oneida city employees have been ordered not to patronize Oneida Indian Nation businesses while driving or riding in city-owned vehicles.

Mayor James Chappell said he discourages all employees from patronizing nation-owned businesses on city time and in city vehicles because Oneida businesses don’t collect sales tax for the city.

The Oneidas don’t pay property taxes on their businesses, either, maintaining they’re members of a sovereign nation not subject to taxation from a foreign government.

Concerts added to schedule

Among the latest concerts added to the Showroom at Turning Stone schedule are:

•Rascal Flatts will perform at the Showroom at Turning Stone Casino Resort April 6 Ticket prices are $15 to $30. When the band’s self-titled album was released less than a year ago, its debut single, "Praying" went straight to No. 1 on the country charts.

•Southern rock band Molly Hatchet is coming April 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $30. Their self-titled debut album, released on Epic Records in 1978, reached multi-platinum status as the band established its reputation touring with such bands as Aerosmith and Bob Seger.

•Sha Na Na, one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most visible bands for three decades, is appearing March 24 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $30.

Rock ‘N’ Roll Dance Party is Sha Na Na’s latest CD outing. The album is a compilation of the greatest dance hits from the ’50s and ’60s.

Tickets for any of these concerts are available at the resort box office or by calling (877) 833-SHOW or 361-SHOW. Tickets to most shows are also available at any Ticketmaster outlet, Ticketmaster charge-by-phone or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Casino-ban bill clears N.J. assembly


The New Jersey Assembly approved legislation last week that would let compulsive gamblers voluntarily place their names on a "ban list" from Atlantic City casinos.

The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Leonard Lance, R-Hunterdon, would require casinos to keep an "exclusionary list" of problem gamblers who would be removed from the gaming floor if found in a casino. The bill attempts to help people with compulsive-gambling problems by allowing them to restrict their access to Atlantic City.

Besides listing names of these compulsive gamblers, casinos would receive descriptive information and a photo. They could not provide credit or check-cashing services to people on the list.

The legislation would force the Casino Control Commission and casinos to remove the listed compulsive gamblers from marketing and promotional material lists and special club programs.

The bill would establish that anyone on the self-exclusion list caught gambling in a casino would forfeit any winnings. The bill includes penalties for casinos that fail to remove the banned gambler from the casino floor or mailing lists. The bill goes to acting Gov. Donald DiFrancesco.


Deputies could be overwhelmed by new casinos

The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, already stretched thin trying to police a 344 square-mile area of North County, could be spread even thinner when four new casinos open this spring.

Casinos on the Pala, Pauma, Rincon and San Pasqual reservations near Valley Center are expected to attract thousands of patrons daily, bringing vehicles and money that could make them targets for criminals.

Lt. Maury Freitas, who runs the San Diego County Sheriff’s Substation in rural Valley Center, said he has asked the county to add deputies to the 18 at the substation. Only two or three are on duty at any given time. About 22,000 people live in the area.

The Sheriff’s Department, the county’s chief law enforcement agency, is also considering contracting with individual American Indian tribes as it does with several cities in the county.

Fowler folds its hand on gambling

The Fowler, Calif., City Council, on a 4-1 vote, repealed the 1992 ordinance authorizing gaming clubs in the city.

Council members rejected an 11th-hour plea from Sun America Bank to delay action. The bank owns the Vineyard Casino, which was built to be a card room. The 60,000 square-foot building opened in that capacity in 1996, but closed 10 months later.

A number of prospectives have expressed interest in the location at Highway 99 and Manning Avenue. Most want to re-open it as a casino.


Trump eyes second Indiana casino

Donald Trump is interested in buying the riverboat casino that shares a Lake Michigan dock in Gary, Ind., with his own Trump Casino. But he needs Indiana lawmakers to pass legislation permitting multi-boat ownership in the state.

The New York billionaire voiced his support for the legislation during a recent visit to Gary to attend the Miss USA pageant, which he co-owns.

Trump said he supports legislation that would remove the cruising requirement on Indiana riverboats. Illinois, which allows dockside gambling, "is just hurting Indiana terribly," he said.

State records show that Trump’s Hotel and Casino brought in $10 million in January. The Majestic Star, which shares a dock with Trump’s boat, earned $9.6 million.

Aurora approves land lease for dockside barge

The Aurora (Ill.) City Council has approved leasing city-owned property along the Fox River to Hollywood Casino, which plans to build its new dockside barge on the land.

Hollywood Casino will pay $150,000 to lease the land, just southwest of a combined sewer overflow plant at 400 N. Illinois Highway 25. Once the work is complete, the casino will build a permanent parking lot on the site with more than 100 spaces.


Hollywood to complete barge by next year

Hollywood Casino plans to complete a 95,000 square-foot barge, which will contain a casino, restaurant and entertainment lounge, by next year. It will replace the company’s two gambling boats, which take up about 45,000 square feet.

Louisiana gambling regulators Thursday approved a new contract benefiting Harrah’s New Orleans casino, but it’s contingent on the Legislature granting all the contract’s concessions to the gambling palace.

Gov. Mike Foster had asked the board to have a complete contract ready so legislators know the specifics before they’re asked to vote on the issue.

The casino portion of the contract cuts the casino’s tax from $100 million to $50 million for one year, and then bumps it to $60 million in subsequent years.

Harrah’s would be allowed to build its own hotel.

The New Orleans casino executives said they can’t pay the $100 million tax and will close March 31 unless the Legislature takes action.